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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Support for Longridge Dementia Carers

Published Tuesday 5th March 13

Carers and relatives of people with dementia in Longridge are invited to a training and support session.

A dementia awareness day at the Grand in Clitheroe last November attracted over 100 people.

Now Ribble Valley Borough Council has joined forces with Age UK Lancashire, the Alzheimer's Society and NHS East Lancashire to bring the sessions to isolated communities.

The Longridge session will take place at the Station Buildings in Berry Lane on 12 March.

It aims to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms, concerns and implications of dementia.

It will also remove the stigma of dementia, show a positive way of handling it and outline local support mechanisms.

Ribble Valley Borough Council partnership officer David Ingham said: "The dementia awareness day in Clitheroe was a huge success and we are aiming to build on that success in other parts of the borough.

"Caring for someone with dementia can be very isolating, particularly in rural communities, and many people aren't aware of the support and treatment that is available.

"We are in contact with a number of people who lead happy and fulfilled lives with a diagnosis of dementia, and would encourage anyone in Longridge with concerns for themselves, a friend or family member, to come along to the session and discover what is available."

The session starts at 10.00am and admission is free, although booking is necessary with David Ingham on 01200 414549.